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Kyle Busch comes from behind to deny Chase Elliott at Dover

Brendan Marks, The Charlotte Observer on

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Chase Elliott: It was a tough break for Elliott, who could see his first Cup Series win ahead of him. Unfortunately for him, he comes up with his second runner-up finish so far this postseason (although the other at Chicago was encumbered).

Jimmie Johnson: Johnson only led five laps on Sunday, but he was still in the running to win in the last few laps of the race. Had he won, it would have been his 12th victory at Dover.

Observations

-- Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't had a terrific farewell season thus far, so his seventh place finish at Dover was a welcome sight for fans. Earnhardt has run well at Dover historically, and his 2001 win (which was the first NASCAR race after the terrorist attacks of 9/11) is one of the highlights of his career.

-- It's easy to just say Jimmie Johnson is dominant at Dover, but the numbers are ridiculous. He's won more times at this track (11) than half the field has won races, period. And those wins stretch across the years too, ranging from his first-ever run here in 2002 to the spring race earlier this season.

-- The media center at Dover is the closest restroom to the track, so drivers often sneak in for one last pit stop before the race begins. Interesting to see Truex and others chatting about the race near the sink and paper towel dispensers.

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